Things to do in Kotor, Montenegro: What to See with 2 Days

Many people haven’t heard of the small country of Montenegro, nor its medieval city of Kotor. In their defense, it just recently gained its independence in 2006!

Despite being new to the scene, I have a feeling Kotor is about to be the next big thing. Its natural beauty, kind people, and affordability are going to draw in more and more visitors each year.

I have traveled here twice over the years, and loved it each time. It’s easy to fall in love with the mountains, ocean, medieval structures, and-how affordable everything is! 

If you have 2 days to spend, here are my top things to do in Kotor:

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DAY 1: The Bay, Saint John’s Fortress, & Ancient Churches

Once you arrive, eat by the sparkling Bay of Kotor (simply known as “Boka”). Soak in the views of this canyon inlet of the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by incredibly scenic mountain views.
There are plenty of waterfront restaurant options, but I really like Konoba Akustik.
The narrow and secluded Boka almost resembles a fjord. It is made even more beautiful by the surrounding limestone cliffs and Venetian-era fortresses.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, Boka Kotorska, Things to do in Kotor.
The Bay of Kotor as seen from St. John Fortress
Next, experience some local culture by trying a shot of rakija! Not because you like it – just for cultural purposes 😉 . It is Montenegro’s official drink after all!
Post rakija, explore the UNESCO world-heritage site of Kotor’s walled city center. The small town, enclosed in a triangular shaped fortress, is seriously fabulous.
Its 13th-14th century buildings, coupled with untouched churches and frescoes, make it immediately things to do kotor, montenegro
Kotor City, Montenegro, Things to do in Kotor
See the triangle shape?
Once inside the walls, visit the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon (1166 AD). Not only is it old beyond comprehension, but it has original frescoes on the wall from the 14th century!
I’ve visited my share of European cathedrals, but the undiscovered and original state of the churches in Kotor make it seem like you have traveled back in time.
Maybe it’s because they haven’t been restored to the level I’m used to seeing, but whatever it is, it adds to their appeal.
Saint Tryphon Cathedral, Kotor, Montenegro
A 14th century fresco on the wall, you know- the usual
Now, gather up your strength and energy, and put on some good climbing shoes! It’s time to climb the steep staircases of the Venetian era Saint John Fortress.
The Fortress is part of the historic “Fortifications of Kotor“, and is equal parts challenging hike and historical point of interest. At approximately 1,355 steps up, this hike isn’t for everyone. However, the views make it worth your effort.
Pro tip: Bring your own water!  We ran out halfway up the hike, and the only vendors were selling beer.  Once you’ve taken your photos of the bay and city walls below, watch the sunset.
Saint John Fortress, View of the Bay of Kotor, Things to do in Kotor with 2 days
Finally, once back down the hill, enjoy some dinner in the city center. Don’t forget your gelato after. That is a crucial step! Top things to do Kotor, Montenegro. 
Lodging: Kotor Hotel Ideas (I stayed at Montenegro Hostel 4U)

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DAY 2: Basking in the Bay, Our Lady of the Rocks, & Cats

Today, it’s time to relax! Rent some beach chairs, and lay by the bay. We chose the area called “Kotor Beach” right across the street from our hostel, and it was perfect.
Be warned though, the beaches in Kotor are rocky. Be sure to have water shoes with you! When you get in the water, it is refreshing and calm. It might be a bit chilly, but if the sun is out it’s not too bad.
As you float in the water, you can people watch and see all the massive cruise ships rolling in. They hint to what the city might be like in future years, however unfortunately.
When you’re nice and tan, stroll down to the waterfront cruise port. Bring your haggling skills, and get ready to make a bargain! Once you’ve convinced someone there to take you out on a bout tour, head out on the water to Our Lady of the Rocks.
This is a very tiny, yet scenic, artificial island. It is centuries old, and full of its own legends. What’s the highlight of the tiny island? Its equally tiny church.
Our Lady of the Rocks, Kotor, Montenegro
Getting there is a quick trip, but gets you out on the water enjoying the gorgeous scenery. If you prefer to pre-book a visit rater than arrange one at the docks, check here for an organized tour to Our Lady of the Rocks.
Back on land, enjoy some cocktails at one of the many trendy lounges in Kotor’s center. After a few drinks, some shopping in old town Kotor will be extra appealing!
Enjoy the fact that the town is locally thought of as “The City of Cats”, by visiting one of several cat-related shops. If you’re a certified cat lady like me, buy some cat food baggies and walk around feeding the strays!
Lodging: Kotor Hotel Ideas (I stayed at Montenegro Hostel 4U)

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  • Reply Nina September 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Montenegro is high on my list! It’s so beautiful. I love your comment about trying rakija for “cultural purposes” hahah! I can relate, that’s the only way I’ll try new food/ drinks.

    • Reply Michelle W. September 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Hahah yes I’m glad you noticed that comment! I wasn’t planning on having any, but our hostel guy basically forced us to have it- at 10am on a Tuesday- haha

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